New plan for schoolies needs helping hand

BYRON Bay is preparing to welcome this year’s wave of schoolies with a new accommodating attitude, and the hunt is on for volunteers to help the event run smoothly.

For the first time, the town will be providing schoolies with organised activities and entertainment and will have a central information ‘hub’ near Main Beach.

The new approach is an attempt to minimise the impact on local residents throughout schoolies celebrations and ensure teenagers have a safe and enjoyable experience.

The hub at Apex Park will act as a meeting point, provide water, music, simple first aid, beach activities, health, visitor and transport services, and information for schoolies about alcohol-free zones and community expectations.

Co-ordinator Nicqui Yazdi said volunteers from all walks of life were needed to work four hour shifts over mornings, lunch, afternoons and evenings. The shifts will be during the two weeks from November 21 to December 5.

The NRMA Free to Go will be providing information and entertainment at the hub and police will have a bus in the Main Beach car park a few nights per week.

Individuals, organisations or businesses who can volunteer, donate prizes, games equipment or help out in any way can contact Nicqui Yazdi on 0402 013 177 or email byronvolunteers@yahoo.com.au.



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